Monday, March 11, 2019

James Tulp: Where is the "Deepest Republican Field" Now?

Every four years, politicians seeking to raise their personal profile run for president of the United States. Some, I assume, actually think they have a chance to win. With the 2020 race already heating up, It's time to pause and reflect back on what was hailed as the “deepest field ever” of Republican candidates.

Some secured cabinet positions. Others returned to their pre-campaign posts. Many fell into obscurity.  Since current names such as Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, and Amy Klobuchar are in the mainstream, this list might shed some perspective on how insignificant most of them will be in just a few years.

So, where are they now?

Jeb Bush- Initially the front-runner, the well-funded but unimpressive former governor of Florida became a “non-resident Presidential Professor of Practice for the 2018-19 academic year” at the University of Pennsylvania last September. While this is an utterly meaningless position, at least it contains “President” in the title. Consolations can be tough.

Ben Carson- True to form, Ben Carson has been quietly working his post of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since he was confirmed in early 2017. Carson recently dispelled rumors of his resignation.

Chris Christie- Of all the candidates, Christie probably lost the most ground since 2016. Once considered a favorite to become President, he was out-bombasted by Trump in the primary, later reduced to being Trump’s bag boy, later reportedly considered for Vice President, then Chief of Staff, and then Attorney General. No such job manifested. He instead wrote a tell-all book in which he blamed Jared Kushner for the deflation of his career.

Ted Cruz- The second place GOP finisher recently won re-election to the Senate in a closer-than-expected race against the well-financed fake Hispanic, Robert Frances (Beto) O'Rourke.

Carly Fiorina- The lone female Republican candidate from 2016 now hosts a podcast called “By Example”, in which she talks leadership with people such as Colin Powell and Jay Bilas. She’s is releasing a self-help book in April.

Jim Gilmore- Yes, he actually ran for president. President Trump nominated the former Governor of Virginia to be the U.S. Representative to United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. His confirmation by the Senate is pending.

Lindsey Graham- Senator Lindsey Graham emerged as the best possible version of himself in defending Brett Kavanaugh. “Boy y’all want power, God I hope you never get it,” will go down as one of the most memorable SCOTUS confirmation hearing lines in recent history. Graham is one of the most outspoken senators in support of Trump’s national emergency declaration to build the wall.

Mike Huckabee- Running for president may be the least significant thing the former governor, pastor, author, musician, and talk show host has ever done. His daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been White House Press Secretary since July 2017

Bobby Jindal- In August 2017, Jindal became operating adviser for Ares Management, a global investment firm based in Los Angeles. This past September, he joined the board of directors of WellCare, a Florida-based managed care health care company. He reportedly receives about $240,000 in cash and stock. Not bad for a governor who had less than 50% support of his own party in Louisiana by the time he left office.

John Kasich- Kasich is, shockingly, still a registered Republican. After departing as governor of Ohio in January, he took a job as Senior Political Commentator for CNN. He will fit in perfectly as the token Republican who agrees with the Democrats on almost everything.

George Pataki- ???

Rand Paul- The senator from Kentucky is one of four Republican Senators voting against Trump’s national emergency declaration to build the wall.

Rick Perry- After a disappointing 12th place finish on Dancing with the Stars, Perry became Secretary of Energy in early 2017. Still in office, apparently the glasses work.

Marco Rubio- At one point one of the rising stars in the GOP, Rubio has yet to fully recover his swagger after criticizing the size of Trump’s body parts. A good lesson in what not to do on the campaign trail.

Rick Santorum- CNN senior political commentator since 2017. If you enjoy watching a panel of 27 leftists gang up on one conservative, tune in.

Donald Trump- Despite the best efforts of the rabid resistance revolutionaries, Donald J. Trump is still President of the United States of America.

Scott Walker- At one point considered a top-tier candidate for president, Walker’s campaign fizzled early in a crowded field. The former governor of Wisconsin sought a third term in 2018 but lost by less than 30,000 votes.

Be honest, when was the last time you thought about Carly Fiorina or Scott Walker? It’s amazing how quickly people fall in and out of obscurity in today’s climate. Let’s take comfort in knowing that in just a few years, no one will have to think about 98% of the 10,000 democrats running for president in 2020.

James Tulp hosts The James Tulp Show weekdays at 7am on WYAB 103.9 FM. Check him out on his Facebook page at


Anonymous said...

The election of Donald Trump over the GOP's finest empty suits proves that the American people are willing to support anything better than a limp wristed RINO. And don't be surprised if Trump defeats the next set of clowns.

Anonymous said...

Kinda reassuring, but in politics, anything can happen.

The unknown and "out of left field" candidates are always an issue.

Remember the unknown and 5 minute senator from Illinois? Now, we're dealing with Islam firmly planted in the US Congress.

My, how people want to destroy this country. BTW, it's working.

Anonymous said...

Trump will win in 2020. Landslide.

Anonymous said...

It also illustrates the modern political reality that sensationalism and notoriety for whatever reason, hold sway in the world of national politics. People want the simple, colorful, unapologetic stick in the eye of whoever they want to believe has messed things up so bad. The bolder and the louder the better. If Ronald McDonald (Big Mac in hand) or Bozo would launch a campaign, in either party, and make a few outlandish statements aimed at his perceived political enemies he would be a very formidable candidate for president, although I doubt either could defeat Mr.Trump. But if the economy tanks...I'm not so sure.

Anonymous said...

The porno president has sure delighted the right. I expect the trend to continue for a while. Look for Ron Jeremy and R Kelly to be the front runners in 2020.

Anonymous said...

The public simply recognized that these guys are just empty suits. President Trump on the other hand is a full suit. Full of S&%!

Anonymous said...

In all seriousness, I do not understand why Vince McMahon has not thrown his hat in the ring. With the entire WWF behind him he could take Trump down. Think about it. hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Congrats 2:06!!! Right out of the gate.....”RINO blah blah blah.......”. You are first!!

Anonymous said...

The "deep bench" of the republicans in 2016 was what led to DJT as the eventual nominee - helped by the national party's convention delegate selection rules - requiring that a candidate receive at least 15% of the vote to get any delegates from the state's primary. With so many in the field early fighting for the same basic Republican voter, they were dividing up that base with several getting 10, 12, 13% while Trump got 16 - 20%. So, Trump got the entire delegate vote from the primary. While Bush, Rubio, etc were splitting their votes, Trump and Cruz were on the outside fighting for the rest.

Until halfway through the primary season, Trump never got close to a quarter of a state's vote - but yet became the absolute front-runner in delegates via the 15% rule.

The Dems are going to face the same issue next year, doubled down - because their delegate selection process is even more convoluted and discriminatory (while trying in other ways to avoid discriminating against any alphabetic combination that exists or may exist at some time in the future.) Their bench is not so deep with experience, but it is deeper with those that have aspirations and a weird following for whatever left field position they may take.

Biden is leading their field, with 25% +/- in early worthless polls. And as hard as it is to think of him as being 'reasonable', compared to the rest of their wannabees, he will be overtaken in the same manner as those that were on the GOP bench by the Dems wingwalkers.

Pass the popcorn, gonna be fun to watch as they destruct.

Anonymous said...

And many of our Mississippi Republican Party support the Democrat John Kasich. This includes old Andy running for AG.

Jtulpsdad said...

Good piece except for the last sentence....more effective if it were 98% of the 20+ rather than 10,000
Nice job to put system in perspective

Anonymous said...

tRumPutin has killed the decency, integrity, and decorum of the office. He’s a joke! Kids don’t even respect him. They care more about an iPhone than that basketcase. He’s a nutjob without a clue. He can’t even spell and a person that can’t spell, can’t read. The last state of the union showed you that! He’s gotta be the worst orator of all U.S. Presidents! He’s an embarrassment and joke to the office, this nation, and the world! Hopefully a REAL republican that’s competent will challenge him in 2020. God knows we need it!

Anonymous said...

Sack Sid Salter and hire this guy. He is a much better writer.

Anonymous said...

If 7:46 would re-post and put in Obama instead of Trump then his post would make sense.

Anonymous said...

I just wasted two hours writing a long comment.

I had to delete it because I wrote it because I thought this post was titled James Tulp: Where is the "Derpest Republican Field" Now?

Anonymous said...

Can Trump hold off a challenge from Kasich? We'll see.

The Goyim Know said...

None of this matters. The American people do not really decide who becomes POTUS. The leaders of the world are chosen by God in heaven to fulfill the prophecies of his word. We as a nation must totally support and serve the Lord our God.

It is time to build the Third Temple.

Anonymous said...

In regards to Trumps’s spelling on Twitter for those who are unaware, he spells certain words wronq on purpose to drive home a point or to indicate what’s going on behind the scenes. Qk?

Anonymous said...

@10:46 If President Obama ever paid off a porn star he would’ve never got elected. He doesn’t have white privilege like us good ole boys ya know?

Anonymous said...

We would never know if Obama paid off a pornstar, or exchanged sexual favors for cocaine, because the media would never tell anyone. They would derisively mock anyone who mentioned it and call them racists and homophobic.

The media did the opposite with both Presidents. They actively covered up the human failures of Obama, while putting a spotlight and microscope on Trump's.

Anonymous said...

There’s a 1400 page biography on Obama out and us conservatives freaked out that he use to smoke pot. The only thing we dug up on Obama was a clip of a sermon on his pastor. We don’t even know if Trump even is a member of a church! But we let Trump get away with anything. What has happened to our true conservative values?!? I’m no fan of Obama but Trump can’t compare to his decency. Trump has made us the laughing stock of the world.

Anonymous said...

There’s a 1400 page biography on Obama out ...

Which one? Did you read it or are you using the mention as a prop?

Anonymous said...

10:15 A little laughter's good for the soul.

Anonymous said...

@9:41, TRUMPTARD ALERT!!!!! Do you realize that just last week it was acknowledged that Fox News was given evidence of Trump paying off porn stars and they actively decided to cover it up instead of reporting the damaging truth? Where does that leave you conspiracy theories?

Anonymous said...

9:43 Pound sand. No politician is THAT sacred. There are plenty of news sources conservative and liberal who would pay plenty to get the story on Obama or Trump. The trouble is, Obama is basically a dull, well-spoken, polite, family man, even if he is a Black liberal and Trump is just the opposite, even if you do identify with his profane ass.

Anonymous said...

What's amazing about Trump is despite the fact that he lies, bullies and every other unchristian thing. The religious right follows him Hook line and sinker. How they rationalize this is beyond me. The same for our elected christans how can the look at them selves in the mirror.

Anonymous said...

Trump doesn’t misspell those words on purpose, he does it because he’s stupid. He misspelled his own wife’s name on her birthday. I’m sure he paid good money for her through the mail-order service when he got her.

Kingfish said...

How can they support him? It's easy. The same way Democrats supported Bill Clinton in the 90's. Trump hasn't been accused of anything Clinton didn't do or was accused of doing yet the Dems were more than happy to fall on their swords for Bill.

Kingfish said...

Believe it or not, Tulp gets more hits than Crawford and Salter combined.

Anonymous said...

Kingfish you know better, Bill may have had infidelities, he may have had a lawsuit or two. He actually showed up in a church every now and then too. Good Christians have lost their moral fiber supporting Trump. It's sad to see esteemed clegery make excuses for him. It's as if they have sold their soul to the devil. History will tell, whether he can fool the majority for a second term is not a forgone conclusion. As was the case in 2016, 2020 will not be about who comes out to vote but who doesn't. Many people say they support Trump publically but most of the ones I know aren't registered much less vote.

Anonymous said...

Tulp is a better writer than Salter and Crawford combined.

Anonymous said...

@March 13, 2019 at 2:06 PM

President Trump is fulfilling bible prophecy.

You also must not know much about Christian moral fiber. Jesus didn't surround himself with Aristocratic Temple leaders. He spent his time among the sinners and even kissed the man who delivered him for crucifixion.

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